Senna (2010)

An artist of racing in the rain. I’m not much of a racing fan, in fact I used to make fun of it a lot. I’ll never be a Nascar fan but I do have a newfound appreciation for Formula One racers. Ayrton Senna was incredible on a track. This documentary about his racing career was full of victory and drama. Senna was handsome and really talented. He represented his country of Brazil really well. I loved the rivalry he had with that mean ol’ Frenchman Prost. An inspiring and sad story, God took Senna from us too soon, but at least he lived life in the fast lane.

88/100

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Furious 7 (2015)

I’m a little furious that I actually like this movie. I normally like to trash these movies, because I’m not much of a gear-head. If a car can get me from point A to point B. I’m totally fine. I guess what really impressed me in this movie was the amazing chase sequences. The one on the mountain pass was especially thrilling. The dialogue still haunts these movies, it’s just pretty bad. Also, the film’s length really hurts it. In fact, I would say this movie has three movies inside it. Just as you are like “Oh, it’s wrapping up…” a whole new plot-line starts up. I think I’m giving this a high score mainly because I actually was very entertained in the action sequences. The acting and writing really was lacking. Also, Paul Walker, you will be missed. There’s a pretty good tribute at the end of this film, that might make you cry.

81/100

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Spectre (2015)

As a spectator for this spectacle I would say that it has all the right stuff for a good action movie. A crazy opening scene with explosions and a fistfight in a helicopter midair. Beautiful women who are also deadly. Guns, guns and more guns. Some women who hate guns… then again, this movie has some trouble being great. It seems like each Daniel Craig James Bond film gets worse and worse. This one has a pretty thin plot and some of the worst sexuality of the Bond films. I told my wife I’ve seen steamier scenes in Disney movies. The movie isn’t all bad, I love Christoph Waltz being his normal role of the congenial bad guy. Lea Seydoux is as hot as a fresh french crepe… and it has Ralph Fiennes with an actual nose on his face. I guess I miss the good old days of the funny bad guys with the hokey gadgets and the smokin’ hot beauties on Bond’s arm. Now these movies take themselves too seriously and are a little too P.C. If you want to see a better spy movie this year that is more true to the James Bond films, see The Kingsman: Secret Service. Spectre was okay, and sometimes good at parts but it left me neither shaken, nor stirred.

70/100

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The Rover (2014)

Guy Pearce really cares about his car. I think I know what the point of this film was, but I can’t really say without possibly spoiling the plot… but this was one strange story. Pearce teams up with Robert Pattinson, who does a great job acting in this, which I thought I’d never say, to get his car back. I love the desolate atmosphere that director David Michod presents to us. I also noticed a weird thing about the writing where a lot of lines are said twice, either for emphasis or to be used in a threatening manner. I just wish there was a reason for this movie, it really doesn’t go anywhere. I felt like maybe there is supposed to be a sequel. Still, even though I sort of hated the ending, I still like the movie. I would say it’s good, but I’m not entirely sure why. It’s just a strange odyssey to get a stolen vehicle back.

70/100

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Mel Gibson hits the road running with this action-packed post-apocalyptic over-hyphenated film. The film isn’t the deepest thing ever, people are fighting over the last of the oil and gas to power their motorcycles, buses, killing machines…etc. Mel Gibson is a broken man who wanders alone, dishing out punishment to bandits everywhere. This sequel to Mad Max is a lot better than the first film but it still didn’t blow me away. I liked it enough and I’m thankful it came out because a lot of movies and video games have taken what this movie did and ran with it. Mel has a good performance and as with the other Mad Max film, I really loved all the strange bad guys and hoodlums that speed up and down those dusty roads. A fine action flick but don’t be looking for much of a deep story as you’ll find as much of a story as there is gas left in the world of Mad Max.

72/100

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Mad Max (1979)

I wasn’t very mad about this film, but it took some stunts to the maximum. Mel Gibson (extremely young Mel Gibson) is great as Max, a cop in the near future who has to take on an evil biker gang that attacks his family. The movie doesn’t feel very futuristic but it is pretty fun just from a zany/stunt-filled perspective. I love when one biker loses his hand and his boss asks for it back and I love how George Miller uses a very Hitchcockian direction when it comes to the violent moments of the film. Some of the Australian accents are hard to understand and I felt like I missed a lot of lines, especially when there were engines revving or sirens wailing (which was about 90% of the movie). Still, I had a lot of fun in this near-future where Mel Gibson is running smelly bikers off the road for vengeance.

76/100

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

If only I knew how to spend my days off like this. Ferris Bueller is the King of cutting class. Matthew Broderick does a good job bringing this adorable slacker to life. I think this movie is worth taking note that sometimes taking life too seriously and living a dour existence isn’t the way to go and could lead you to actually being sick most of the time. I love how Bueller sets up intricate lies to get out of school and have all his bases covered. Back in the 80’s with the use of two working phone lines you could lead anyone to believe anything. Alan Ruck and Mia Sara were great companions to Ferris on his day off. I love the scene with Ruck and the red Ferrari. I laughed so hard at many of the parts of this film and it just seemed so fun. Just remember that clammy hands are the key to getting away with being sick, just don’t fake a fever or you might spend your day at the Doctor’s office, and that’s worse than being stuck at school or work. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

90/100

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